I just put together my own 1 TB hard drive, a seagate in an enclosure, & I want to format it to fat 32 for cross platform compatability, I am running windows XP home edition service pack 2, windows only offers NTFS, I looked up how to do this online & found an article about a DOS command & formatting to fat 32 through this but it did not work, said volume was too big, after an attempt format for 2 hrs. Is there any way this can be done? or is fat 32 an obsolete format? I read about a free program called compuapps swiss knife, but it does not work either, it does not even “see” my drive should I just give up on fat 32 & hope if I have to plug this into a mac machine that I can have the mac owner get windows drivers to read & write to my NTFS drive? I dont like proprietary formats, it backs me into a corner & will make it harder to move my files around.
I also notice that the XP computer is seeing my external hard drive as a local disc G along with the internal local disc C, when I initialized it I had the usb plugged into the computers back usb ports, does this matter? I read it is better to have an external drive plugged into the back usb ports. will it be able to be read if I plug it into a newer vista machine?